Planning your future health care
St John of God Health Care strives to provide excellent health
care and to achieve this, close co-operation between patient,
doctors, nursing staff, allied health and pastoral service
professionals is needed.
In order to respect your wishes in the context of being a
Catholic health care provider, we will offer only those treatments
which accord with your personal treatment decisions, the Catholic
Health Australia Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and
Aged Care Services in Australia and relevant legislation.
The Western Australian Government recognises that adults have
the right to make – and have respected - certain decisions
regarding their future medical treatment. To this end it has
established a legal framework for people considering refusing,
restricting or defining their future treatment preferences. This
framework incorporates Advance Health Directives (AHDs).
An AHD is a document outlining your wishes about medical
treatments in case an illness or accident leaves you unable to
communicate. It is not compulsory for you to have such a document
and many of our patients do not feel they need one. However, if you
wish to know more about an AHD, please speak to your doctor or
visit the WA Health Department
If you have an AHD or an Enduring Power of Guardianship, please
discuss it with your doctor and provide copies of the documentation
to us on admission.
guide to Planning your Future Health Care